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Out now: JPR Issue 6.2!

Special Issue: Researching Perpetrators, Revisited. Edited by Erin Jessee and Kjell Anderson. This special issue, edited by Erin Jessee and Kjell Anderson, continues the critical conversation on methods and ethics in perpetrator research initiated in their 2020 edited volume Researching Perpetrators of Genocide (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020). The contributions to the special issue present…

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Special Issue of La revue de l’histoire de la Shoah on Gender and the Holocaust

La revue de l’histoire de la Shoah is planning an issue focused on Gender and the Holocaust. The leading French-language journal on the Holocaust, La Revue is published quarterly by la Mémorial de la Shoah. (https://www.cairn.info/revue-d-histoire-de-la-shoah.htm). For this issue, La Revue is pleased to cooperate with Eastern European Holocaust Studies. This special issue will explore…

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Choice Award 2023 for Antonius Robben and Alexander Hinton!

Congratulations to Antonius Robben and Alexander L. Hinton, who have received the prestigious 2023 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association for their book Perpetrators: Encountering Humanity’s Dark Side (2023, Stanford University Press). Based on in-depth interviews with Argentine and Cambodian perpetrators of disappearances and genocide, the book offers scholars crucial…

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Complicities in the Second World War: Literature of Occupation, Collaboration, and Impure Resistance

Date: 4-5 October 2024 Location: Monasterium Poortackerey, Gent, Belgium Keynote speakers: Mihaela Mihai (The University of Edinburgh) Ivan Stacey (Beijing Normal University) The global impact of World War II has been profound and enduring. Narrated across the globe in a myriad of ways — as a just struggle by democracies against oppressive forces, as a testament to…

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Podcast Series: Terribly and Terrifyingly normal?

Terribly and Terrifyingly normal? A podcast series on the perpetrators of mass atrocities by Nicola Quaedvlieg and Alette Smeulers. The attacks on 9/11, the invasion in Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State, the genocides in Srebrenica, Rwanda, Cambodia and Nazi Germany are all incredible acts of human cruelty. They make us wonder: who are…

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Out now! JPR Issue 5.1

The latest issue of JPR features Ellen Pilsworth’s discussion of the ethics of the bystander perspective with Sebastian Haffner’s memoir Defying Hitler (2002) as case study, and a pioneering interdisciplinary contribution based on a collaboration between literary scholar Juliane Prade-Weiss, historian Vladimir Petrovic, and Bible scholar Dominik Markl that critically explores the ways in which the trope of tragedy…

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PSN Book Launch Recording Now Online!

On March 23, 2023, we discussed Hikmet Karčić’s monograph Torture, Humiliate, Kill: Inside the Bosnian Serb Camp System (University of Michigan Press, 2022). Torture, Humiliate, Kill is a thorough and definitive resource for understanding the function and operation of camps during the Bosnian genocide. The discussants were Jessie Barton Hronešová (University of North Carolina, Chapel…

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PSN Book Launch Recording Now Online!

On 9 February we launched The Oxford Handbook on Atrocity Crimes (Oxford UP, 2022), edited by Barbora Holá, Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira, and Maartje Weerdesteijn. The handbook brings together research from across the social sciences and humanities to chart and further develop the evolving field of atrocity crimes studies. The launch included presentations by the editors…

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PSN Book Launch Recording Now Online!

Watch the excellent discussion of Alexander L. Hinton’s book Anthropological Witness: Lessons from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Cornell UP, 2022)! Anthropological Witness tells the story of Hinton’s encounter with an accused architect of genocide and, more broadly, Hinton’s attempt to navigate the promises and perils of expert testimony. The respondents were Richard Wilson and Sabah…

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PSN Book Launch Recording Now Online!

Watch the illuminating discussion of Iva Vukušić’s Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia! On 15 December 2022 we launched Iva Vukušić’s Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia: State Connections and Patterns of Violence (Routledge, 2022). The book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the nature and functions of the Serbian paramilitary units during…

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